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viii + 232pp, 52 full colour plates with 136 line illus, (sketches,ûreproductions from contemporary drawings), endpaper illus, large landscapeûformat (24cm x 32cm), dw, unopened, a very good copy. Publisher: Throughout the 18th century, English bronze guns were cast atûthe Woolwich Brass Foundry. Built in 1716, it served the needs of both theûArmy and Navy until the end of the Seven Years' War, by which time it wasûin urgent need of refurbishment and modernisation. A number ofûtechnological improvements had been made in Continental foundries, and itûwas not therefore altogether surprising that in 1770 the Board of Ordnanceûrecruited the services of Jan and Pieter Verbruggen, gunfounders from TheûHague.ûThe Verbruggens (father and son) proved to be men of exceptional ability.ûThey completely rebuilt the Foundry between 1770 and 1774, installing theûlatest horizontal boring machines which enabled guns to be bored from theûsolid rather than cast hollow, resulting in far greater accuracy ofûmanufacture.ûThe Verbruggens were not only highly skilled gunfounders, but also artistsûof note, and during their tenure at Woolwich they found the time to paintûa series of at least fifty magnificent watercolours, detailing every stepûof the gunfounding and machining process. It is these paintings which formûthe raison d'etre of this book.
Title: The Art of Gunfounding. The Casting of Bronze Cannon in the Late 18th Century.
Publisher: 1991, Rotherfield,
kg: 1.00 kg
Seller ID: 375